Being in a Public Relations Applications course this semester has broadened my (very small) knowledge on PR topics. I have learned so much that it is definitely worth sharing. Here is what I learned (plus so much more):
1. WordPress – I had never blogged before in my life until this class and I learned to love it. I read PR pro’s blogs and have found it’s a great way to stay connected, not only socially, but professionally.
2. Twitter – I’m just now getting the hang of it. #honest
3. Interview – Being prepared for your interview is vital. Knowing what questions to ask or how to answer the hard ones can be life-changing, literally.
4. Writing is so important – No matter what field I go into, writing is such an important talent to grasp.
5. Professionalism online – It’s okay to have spunk and personality if you’re a president of a business and have a Twitter, but keep everything “appropriate.”
6. Importance of being socially connected – Not being connected socially whether through Twitter, Facebook or any other form of network, can be company suicide.
7. Put yourself out there – Don’t be afraid to tweet a PR professional or interact with others you may not know. Who knows when a connection may last and a job presents itself.
8. Handling a crisis – If something goes wrong publicly in a company you represent, don’t ignore the problem, address it publicly and handle the issue.
9. Education in PR – All types of education institutions have PR departments too and actually play a huge role in development, especially in nonprofit organizations.
10. Dealing with Difficult Conversations – From the NewsU course I completed, I learned all about handling a difficult conversation even when the stakes are super high.
This class was one of my favorites this semester and I learned a lot and everything I learned wasn’t just information that I store for later use like a formula, but was useful and applicable to everyday life. This list stopped at 10, but it could literally go on and on.